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Wimbledon Day 8 Women’s Predictions Including Badosa vs Halep

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With four intriguing fourth-round matches on the schedule and a place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on the line, Matchday 8 should be an entertaining one at the All England Club. As always, at LWOT, we will offer our predictions for each game. But who will reserve their place in the last eight?

Wimbledon Day 8 Predictions

Amanda Anisimova vs. Harmony Tan

Jim: Is Amanda Anisimova ready for another deep run at a Major? She’s had to fight hard so far at Wimbledon, but she’s played well enough to suggest she probably is. Harmony Tan, meanwhile, is hosting the tournament of her life at Wimbledon, with her first-round win over Serena Williams likely being the match of the tournament so far. But as well as she performed, she remains somewhat limited and those limitations may well be exhibited by Anisimova.

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Prediction: Anisimova in 3

Yesh: It’s just an amazing run from Anisimova. She shows off her prowess on the grass and puts it all together. It’s been a tough few years for her since her father passed away, but the young American is finally performing at the elite level we’ve been waiting for since her first appearance on stage as a teenager.

Prediction: Anisimova in 2

Jakub: Tan once had the biggest moment of her career when she knocked out Serena Williams back in the opener, but it turned into the tournament of her career. The Frenchwoman blasted Katie Boulter in less than an hour on the final lap. Anisimova looked very strong against Coco Gauff and if she brings the level back, expect her to end Tan’s fairy tale run.

Prediction: Anisimova in 2
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Paula Badosa vs. Simona Halep

Jim: This match could go both ways. Neither Paula Badosa nor Simona Halep have dropped a set so far at Wimbledon, so something will have to give. Badosa may have played the best tennis, especially in her 7-6 7-5 win over Petra Kvitova. She also has more tennis behind her in 2022. Expect close competition, but for Badosa to have just about enough to reach the quarter-finals.

Prediction: Badosa in 3

Yesh: Badosa is a beautiful player, consistent and capable of beating the best players of her day. But Halep, the 2019 Wimbledon champion, is finally healthy, ready for the match and showing all her talent on the grass.

Prediction: Halep in 2

Jakub: Badosa had one of the highest quality matches of the tournament against Petra Kvitova in the final round, knocking out the two-time champion in two tight sets. Before that, the Spaniard was sailing the same as Halep, who was only really pushed in the first set by Kirsten Flipkens. The Romanian dominated when the two met earlier this season in Madrid, but with her groundstrokes I see Badosa as the favorite on grass.

Prediction: Badosa in 3
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Alize Cornet vs Ajla Tomljanovic

Jim: A great opportunity for both of them. But Ajla Tomljanovic may be better placed to take it. The Australian, who was excellent in her three-set victory over Barbora Krejcikova in the third round, is better suited to play on grass than Alize Cornet, which she demonstrated by reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year. Expect her to seal a return to the last eight here.

Prediction: Tomljanovic in 3

Yesh: Cornet is in the best shape of his career, on his favorite surface, and is coming off the biggest victory of his career. There’s no limit to how far she can go right now.

Prediction: Cornet in 2

Jakub: Cornet pulled off an incredible upset, knocking out top seed Iga Swiatek in straight sets and ending his 37-game winning streak. Tomljanovic got her own little surprise by defeating Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets. The two have split in their previous four meetings, but it was Tomljanovic who came out on top in their second-round match at Wimbledon last year. It’s pretty much a corner flip for me, Cornet lives for the big moments but doesn’t always follow the upsets so I’m leaning towards the Aussie here.

Prediction: Tomljanovic in 3
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Elena Rybakina vs. Petra Martic

Jim: When she sings, Elena Rybakina is a force to be reckoned with. Grass doesn’t always favor the big hitters, but she has looked strong at Wimbledon so far this year, picking up victories over Coco Vandeweghe, Bianca Andreescu and Zheng Qinwen, all without dropping a set. If she can maintain that level, she should have a beating from Petra Martic.

Prediction: Rybakina in 2

Yesh: Rybakina and Martic are in great shape, and both are enjoying the grass here. The Kazakh has more experience and talent on the surface, though. That should be the difference.

Prediction: Rybakina in 3

Jakub: Rybakina, the only remaining seed in her quarter, continues to get narrow straight-set wins. The Kazakh has beaten Coco Vandeweghe, Bianca Andreescu and now Zheng Qinwen. Martic has yet to drop a set, most recently upsetting Jessica Pegula. I can see the Croatian causing Rybakina problems with her deep slice and it will be a different challenge.

Prediction: Martic in 3

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